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Storey, Madame. Madame Storey was created by Hulbert Footner (Amos Lee Mappin) and appeared in thirty-five stories and eight novels and short story collections from 1922 to 1935, beginning with “Madame Storey’s Way” (Argosy All-Story Weekly, Mar. 11, 1922).
Madame Rosika Storey is a great beauty and an ironic wit. She has the cultured, experienced manner of a woman of the world who has been most places, done most things, perhaps had her heart broken once or twice, and learned not to pay attention to society's dictates, but to do what pleases her. To society she is shocking. She smokes. She is a businesswoman who owns and operates her own business. She is independent, without a man to rely on (read: dominate her). Worse, her business is a detective agency, one close to the District Attorney's office and police headquarters, and staffed by at least a dozen full-time employees.
Madame Storey is experienced, very bright, insightful, a good investigator, and someone with little patience or tolerance for fools. She is assisted by her monkey, Giannino, who sits on her shoulder and steals her cigarettes. Storey's friend, Watson, and Girl Friday is the modest and clever Bella Brickley. Despite considerable native wit, Bella is insecure, as she lacks Storey's beauty and attractiveness to men, and seems to need Storey to reassure her. She and Storey have interesting adventures in America and England, against some convincingly vicious criminals, even an occasional Mad Scientist, and Storey tramples all before her.
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